The Valley Junior A Wildcats completed three deals on Wednesday, May 27, adding three new players.
The Wildcats landed Chad Wilson and a conditional second round MHL draft pick in 2021 from the Edmundston Blizzard in exchange for second and seventh round 2020 draft picks. The second round pick traded by Valley originally belonged to the Summerside Western Capitals.
Wilson is a 20 year old winger from Middle Sackville, NS. He played with the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in 2018/2019, then played last season with Edmundston, putting up 12 goals and 32 points in 52 games. Wildcats General Manager Brandon Benedict says Wilson is a real character kid. “He’ll be a leader on our team. His work ethic is second to none, and those are the attributes we want to build here. We expect him to put up good numbers for us.”
Valley also received goaltender Andrew MacLeod from the Pictou County Weeks Crushers as completion of an earlier deal. MacLeod was then packaged with prospect Lewis Taylor, and a first round pick (Yarmouth’s) in June’s MHL draft, shipping them to the Fredericton Red Wings for winger Aaron Brown and defenceman Marc-Antoine Couture.
Brown is an 18 year old winger from Timberlea, NS. Brown scored 13 goals and 30 points in just 29 games, split between Edmundston and Fredericton. Couture is a 20 year old from East Angus, Quebec. The defender had 13 points in 46 games, split between Edmundston and Fredericton as well. “We’re expecting Brown to be an offensive contributor for us this year and be one of our top forwards. He can certainly run a power play for us, and he’s excited to come,” says Benedict. “Couture is a solid, two way defenceman. He brings some offensive abilities as well. He can give us some leadership on the back end.”
Benedict says he feels his team is better for September with the new additions. “At the end of the day you have to give to get, and that’s the reality of it. We certainly gave up something, but if you want to acquire skilled players you have to give some stuff up.”